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shelves & storage

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    Anyone have plans/ideas for banging out some nice shelves for storage?

    The pre-made garage systems are at a premium and built for switching things around. I'm just looking to make some nicely framed shelves or cabinets for my garage. Years ago I acquired a bunch of commercial metal shelving and I had the most awesome garage and basement storage.

    I figure I can probably just do this based on framing some 2x4's and being creative with basic hardware.

    If anyone has ideas or pics for a simple and practical shop/storage area, I'd appreciate it!!
  2. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    I'd like to second Mike's request for this info. I've got to set up shop at a new residence because of a divorce, and I'd like to make the new place really nice. I want to get it right the first time, so if you guys would'nt mind posting some pics of your nice workshops it would be a big help. I've always been a bit on the lagging end of organization, so every little bit helps.
    Thanks in advance!
  3. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    This may only be a small piece of what you guys are looking for. Mike, I am not sure if you still have those metal shelves or if they are even what I am going to mention.
    I purchased 3 boxes of shelving units a few years back from Home Depot. Yes some of the stuff they have is useful. Each box ( about $90 ) contained one decent 6' long 3 shelf unit. Each shelf can handle hundreds of pounds. I am sure you have all seen this type of unit since its made by many companies. What I like about them is they are easy to asemble or take apart. I love to grab a bunch of 2x4's, screws, plywood and build my own shelves as much as anyone but its not always the most economical unless you have a surplus of materials and time to construct them all.
    I believe the best storage areas are ones that can be taken down and moved easily if needed. At your prime time of year set up all your shelves and workbenches when your inventory is at its highest then when stock dwindles take apart some shelf systems and give yourself more assembly room. Sorry if this info is too basic for some but hopefully some get something useful from it.

  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I was at sams the other day and they had a stainless rack with thoes plastic bin drawers in it for 100 bucks... I think it has 20 bins or so in it. REAL nice for organizing the smaller parts we all seem to accumulate mass amounts of.

    I also built workbenches and shelves out of lumber and just covered em in plywood. Getting organized will save you alot of time and headaches. Just ask Mike G... his truck is a rolling shop with everythign at his finger tips. No go backs because you did not have the parts on you or you needed an extra fixture.
  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I roll my shop onto every job. It is a custom Wells Cargo trailer, 6' x 12' with 7' clear inside. Shelves for materials and supplies, Bins for tools and equipment, a work bench up front. It is powered by 120V 'shore power' or with my Honda generator or can run on 12V off twin deep cycle batteries with an inverter inside. It is heated in the cool months. It is locked down on site while on an installation and is alarmed when not attended.

    Getting the trailer was a big investment back then, but it paid for itself in one year in increased productivity and reduced trips for forgotten items.

    Have a great day.
  6. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

  7. extlights

    extlights LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    Just make up some of your own shelving....for bin storage gemplers has some good stuff. http://www.gemplers.com/shelving

    If I remember I'll try and get a picture of our set-up. How much room are you working with Mike?
  8. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933


    we need pics of the everyone setups!! I came home yesterday and my wife had some nice shelving set up and had organized all my tools and chemicals.....I had to pinch myself it looked so nice. Lets see how happy I am am when I cant find my C-Clip removal tool!
  9. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Chemicals? Lighting is your only job isn't it Joey?
    Ok you brought it up. Lets see Mrs. Joey's shelving so we can give proper credit.
    Mine is a mess...so no pic til it straightened up! :)

  10. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    If I make it home before dark I will take a picture.....I have been working on modifying my Rhino burning the midnight oil to get it ready for a big mexico trip we are doing in our off road vehicles! Taking up a new hobby....welding!!!


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